In this comprehensive collection of essays, most of which appear for the first time, eminent scholars from many disciplines-philosophy, economics, sociology, political science, demography, theology, history, and social psychology-examine the causes, nature, and consequences of present-day consumption patterns in the United States and throughout the world.
David A. Crocker is a senior research scholar at the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy and the School of Public Affairs at the University of Maryland. He is a founder and current president of the International Development Ethics Association. Toby Linden was a research assistant at the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy and is currently an educational consultant.
Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 Part I: Consumption, Natural Resources, and the Environment Part 3 Part II: Explaining Consumption Part 4 Part III: Assessing Consumption Part 5 Part IV: Consumption and the Good Life: The Capabilities Approach Part 6 Part V: Consumption and the Good Life: Religious and Theological Perspectives Part 7 Part VI: Consumption and International Justice